2014 House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference
Devotion to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus leads us to His God because He is human; Jesus leads us to His Father because He is God. Here lies the mystery of our salvation. Here also lies its power: the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is full of beauty, glory, strength, mercy, and love. He has sent us His Son and His Spirit that we might come before Him, brought into His presence, to receive His total love. This is the love of incomprehensible union with Jesus Christ.
The 2014 House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference is committed to drawing near to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ that we might quiver with awe and rejoice with praise, that Jesus might become our life, that we might receive His God as our God, His Father as our Father.
Through worship and the witness of the ancient Church, the Devotional Conference will call people into such intimate communion with Jesus – the One who is our only Lord and Savior, our only way to His God and Father, the joy of the Holy Spirit.
The ancient saints guiding the Conference will be St Paul the Apostle (Letter to the Ephesians) and St Symeon the New Theologian (Hymns of Divine Eros).
Dates: Fri-Sat, January 17-18, 2014
There will be an all-night vigil on Friday from 10pm-8am. The vigil will involve worship and the public reading of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. People are welcome to participate in the vigil as much as they’re able – which could be for one hour, two hours, four hours, the whole thing, or not at all. People who participate in the vigil will also be welcome to sleep in the church when they’re not holding vigil.
Location: Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139
Cost: $30. This includes light food to sustain energy for devotion.
A short reflection on the 2012 Devotional Conference: Massively Obsessed.
Focus: Pursuing the life of holiness
Guides: Early Church Fathers from The Philokalia: St Isaiah the Solitary, St John Cassian, St Hesychios the Priest, and St John of Karpathos.
Times and Dates: Tues-Thurs, January 14-16, 2014, 9am-5pm
Location: Valley View Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Aiken Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206.
Cost: 0.5% of a person’s income (half of a percent; 1/20th of a tithe). This covers food, and the adjacent Devotional Conference (if someone does both). Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Philokalia, volume 1 (Amazon, Christianbook).
Each day will begin and end in a sung meditation of the Jesus Prayer. We will also have two discussions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each covering a different reading. The final discussion on Thursday will provide an opportunity for summary reflections. There will also be a substantial time of meditative worship in the middle of each day.
The goal of this Intensive Week is to grow in desire for holiness and love for Jesus in communion with the saints.
People are more than welcome to participate only in the Intensive Week or only in the Devotional Conference, though the two together should prove to be a valuable opportunity to grow in the Lord and perceive the glory of God more clearly.
Contact: Tim Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Devotional Conference: Devotion to the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is unstoppable. Powerful and unseen, the Spirit drives all things towards the glory of Jesus Christ. The 2013 House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference was committed to growing in reverence and love for the Holy Spirit and so becoming more totally converted into the likeness of Jesus Christ. The focus of this conference was devotion to the Holy Spirit. Through worship and the witness of the ancient Church, the Devotional Conference called people into this reality, into the wonder of bearing the presence of the Holy Spirit.
2012 Devotional Conference: Devotion to the Name of Jesus
Too many Christians aren’t impressed with Jesus, at least not enough. The 2012 House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference was committed to entering into greater awe and reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. The focus of this conference was devotion to the name of Jesus. Through worship and the witness of the ancient Church, the Devotional Conference called people to desire Jesus Christ with ever greater conviction.